A black hole in the distance. A star falls to your right. A trail of light that immediately dissipates. A large explosion to your left. A black hole in the distance, slightly closer than it was a few minutes ago. An explosion below you, smaller than the other one. A piece of debris obstructs your vision for only a second. A black hole in front of you, growing larger. A black hole in front of you, swallowing everything. A black hole in front of you, all around you . . .
Sci-fi and electronic music go hand in hand. The former’s ambitiously inventive concepts are complimented by the latter’s expansive sonic potential, and vice versa. Some highly adept artists craft records that are seemingly ready-made for film, although nothing is lost with the absence of visual components. Third Law is the newest full-length from producer and former Vex’d member Roly Porter, a masterful conceptual composer.
Porter’s ability to marry the overwhelmingly intense with the stunningly serene is truly something to behold. These compositions commit to no genres whatsoever, and only carry vapors of techno and ambient music. Tranquil strings and synth drones are overtaken by towering mountains of earth-shaking bass, pulsing 808s, and choral harmonies, only to emerge from the cacophonous rubble with sparse, subtle beauty.
After tackling the musical narration of a star’s life-cycle from birth to death in his previous record, Porter explores Newton’s third law of motion (for every action, there is an equal and and opposite reaction) in this collection of songs. This concept is embodied in the flawlessly paced, meticulously detailed chain-reactions that occur across this marvelous record. If you’re seeking otherworldly electronics, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)